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    Government adviser urges review of farmers' tax-breaks.

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    Government adviser urges review of farmers' tax-breaks.

    Post by papa_umau on Sat 29 Jul 2017, 12:10 pm

    Tax breaks for UK farmers should be reviewed, the head of a group advising the environment secretary has said.

    Economist Dieter Helm said the current system of taxpayer-funded support was extremely wasteful and the industry suffered from "subsidy addiction".

    Prof Helm said the exemption of farmland and buildings was used to avoid inheritance tax.

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said his ideas were not under consideration at the moment.

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    I have always considered that the British farmers get far too much money in tax-breaks from the government and now that we are going to re-negotiate the payments they have been getting from The EU via the CAP, this has to be a great time to totally re-negotiate these deals so that the farmers are no longer addicted to such payments and they are in future made to stand on their own two feet.

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    Re: Government adviser urges review of farmers' tax-breaks.

    Post by Angie baby on Sun 30 Jul 2017, 11:45 am

    The farmers in Britain have always been subsidy-junkies as they will take every penny that any of the governments will give them.

    At least once we are out of Europe and the CAP and CFP we can then decide once again if they deserve such big subsidies.
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    Re: Government adviser urges review of farmers' tax-breaks.

    Post by Hell's Granny on Sun 30 Jul 2017, 2:45 pm

    Not all farmers are rich, tenant farmers rely on the subsidy to break even in many cases.
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    Re: Government adviser urges review of farmers' tax-breaks.

    Post by papa_umau on Mon 31 Jul 2017, 12:01 pm

    I think we are opposed in this HG, as although the tenant farmers have it harder than the landed gentry, they have been encouraged to hold their hands out for subsidies where, if they were encouraged to strive for efficiency and could get decent prices from the supermarkets for their food, they would have less need to hold their begging hands out to the government.

    Like any junkies, once the junk has been expected and received in the long term, instead of trying to get off the subsidies and go cold turkey they take the easy way out.

    I would hope that after Brexit when we transfer the CAP, ( Common agricultural policy ) and the CFP, ( The common fisheries policy ), back to the British legislature, this problem could be solved.


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    Re: Government adviser urges review of farmers' tax-breaks.

    Post by Hell's Granny on Mon 31 Jul 2017, 12:03 pm

    I hope so.
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    Re: Government adviser urges review of farmers' tax-breaks.

    Post by papa_umau on Mon 31 Jul 2017, 12:25 pm

    So do I HG, but I worry that, once again, the people who are going to work out the transfers of laws from Europe to Britain might just take the easy way out, and leave these laws untouched.


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